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WCC former general secretary Konrad Raiser in Geneva to launch memoir marking WCC’s 70th anniversary year

WCC former general secretary Konrad Raiser in Geneva to launch memoir marking WCC’s 70th anniversary year

Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, then WCC general secretary, in 1995. Photo by Peter Williams/WCC

31 January 2018

On 5 February, shortly after Konrad Raiser’s 80th birthday, ecumenical experts from different generations, confessions and continents will meet in Geneva to discuss the newest publication by the former general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), titled The Challenge of Transformation: An Ecumenical Journey.

In the book, Raiser recounts the challenges and issues facing the WCC since he joined the WCC staff as a young theologian in 1969 to his time as the WCC’s general secretary from 1993 to 2003.

The book presentation and panel discussion, in which Raiser will participate, is one of the events commemorating the WCC’s 70th anniversary.

Raiser joined the WCC as a study secretary in 1969 in the Commission on Faith and Order. In 1973, he was appointed WCC deputy general secretary, with responsibilities from 1979 as staff moderator of the Unit on Justice and Service. As deputy general secretary, he was one of the closest colleagues of general secretary Philip Potter.

Following the presentation of the book by Raiser in dialogue with the translator and editor of the English edition, Stephen Brown, three panellists will pick up themes from the final chapter written for the English edition. In this chapter, Raiser focuses on the “pilgrimage of transformation” on which the WCC has embarked.

When: 5 February 2018, 9:30-11:30 a.m. local time

Where: Ecumenical Centre, Visser ’t Hooft Hall, 1 Route des Morillons, Grand Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland; click here for map.

Livestream: www.youtube.com/wccworld/live

Click here for more information about celebrations at the Ecumenical Centre on 5 February